>> Friday, August 17, 2007
Today, August 17, 2007, it's been exactly 25 years since the first compact disc was pressed. This first generation of the (audio) CD ofcourse is the start of what will become the biggest data carrier of videogames. It also marks the existence of CD-i because CD-i remains the ancestor of virtually everything around CD based gaming. I think it's remarkable that Philips, the inventor of the compact disc, doesn't spread a word about this. Typical like the 'changing' Philips doesn't want to be remembered to these historical inventions. Still, worldwide over 200 billion CD's have been pressed since 1982, and this will be the most significant invention made by Philips yet. So, along with Philips daughter Magnavox introducing videogaming to the world with the Odyssey, how else can we be proud of Philips being such a huge part of the videogaming world, while probably nobody even realizes! They still hold up a small part in the gaming scene by introducing its amBX peripherals this month (why does it all take so long!). I don't know if the impact will be as big as with the CD, but I still love the innovation Philips tries to put through!